On Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:51:11 +0000
Roddie Grant <gitl...@myword.co.uk> wrote:

> >> When I do git diff in Terminal I get output like:
> >> -<p><E2><80><9C>SurfexPlus<E2><80><9D> is OCCA<E2><80><99>s
> > Care to tell us which OS is that?
> > Another question: do you see this in a pager or plainly rendered by
> > the terminal emulator?
> > Another question (if this really happens on a Mac): what does
> > `locale` run in that terminal emulator tell to you?
> I'm definitely out of my depth here :-( but the answers are the 
> webserver is Linux (CentOS Linux 4.9), and I'm using my MacBook
> (10.6.8) to connect to it with ssh.
> There is a pager running in the Mac Terminal app. I usually get ":" 
> (which means hit spacebar to scroll) or "END".

Ah, yes, this means Git spawned "less" [1] -- a popular and rather
advanced pager program.

> 'locale' when ssh-ed to the server returns

This is of no relevance to your problem: Git generates and shows you the
diff on your local machine, the server is not involved with this in any

> 'locale' on the Mac returns
> LANG="en_GB.UTF-8"

This looks perfectly reasonable so we should conclude you have no
problems with your locale.

OK, now let's try a couple of things:

1) If you run `git diff --no-pager ...` so that the output goes plainly
   into the hands of Terminal and rendered by it directly, do you see
   those non-ASCII characters OK?

   If this works for you, `less` is the culprit so read on.

2) Try setting the LESSCHARSET environment variable to "utf-8".
   You can do this for the current Terminal session by executing

   export LESSCHARSET=utf-8

   in it before running any `git diff` command.

   If this fixes the problem for you, consider making this setting
   persistent (for your user or system-wide).  How exactly to do that,
   I don't know (I lack experience with Macs), so try googling for
   mac+os+set+environment+variable+permanently or may be someone
   here will suggest a solution off-hand.

3) Try playing with the LESS environment variable (which, if exists,
   contains a set of command-line options for `less` to consume as if
   they vere explicitly passed to it).  The command-line option of
   interest are "-R" (better) or "-r" (worse).  Also "-X" might be of
   relevance (though I doubt it).

   So try doing:

   export LESS=-R

   and then running `git diff` to see if this helps.
   If this leads to no positive result, try `export LESS=-r` or try
   combining "-r" and "-R" with "-X", like in `export LESS=-RX`.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Less_%28Unix%29

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